This is a really fun layout. You will need four studs spaced out at 16″ from center to center. Start by marking the center of each the four studs you’re using.
Since this is a rather tall structure and we’re going to be mounting pieces at multiple points of each stud it’s nice to make a mark at several heights on each stud.
It’s easiest to cut your fabric before mounting the planks. Below are the different fabric cuts you will need to create The Climb Layout 1.
When cutting the fabric to size, you want to cut 3/4″ from the center of the grommets. This length allows for the fabric to hold tight in each plank.
Start by mounting your vertical pole on your right-most stud. This pole will determine the total height of your complex, when mounted on the wall. We suggest mounting the first step up the wall 14-20″ off of the ground. To achieve this height with the ladder, the pole should be mounted between 28-34″ from the ground.
Each of the planks have three mounting holes on them. To mount this pole, mount the far left hole of each plank into the center of the stud. Another screw can be installed into the center hole, angled toward the center of your stud. Mounting this pole on the edge of your stud, will ensure a taut top hammock.
For full directions to mount the vertical sisal pole, visit our basic mounting directions.
Attach a five-grommet-long piece of fabric to the top plank of the sisal pole and reattach the top of the plank with the furniture screws.
Next, remove the 4 furniture screws from the Escape Hatch. Use the right separated plank to clamp the last set of grommets on the strip fabric. Stretch the unmounted over to the left and hold it centered on the next stud over, making sure the fabric is taut. Trace the corner of the unmounted plank.
This plank can now be mounted, using the two holes on the bracket that best mount into the stud.
Hold the Escape Hatch, with its left loose plank, over the mounted plank, to determine where the second shelf should be mounted. Detailed instructions for mounting the Escape Hatch are covered here.
When mounting the Escape Hatch, be sure to attach one of the 5 grommet sections of fabric to the left plank before attaching the shelf on with furniture screws.
Attach a separated plank onto the second set of grommets over and pull straight down. You will want to flip the plank, so that its top side is facing up and mark the top right corner of the plank.
Mount plank and attach fabric.
Using a separated plank to clamp the last set of grommets on the strip fabric. Stretch the fabric to the right until the plank is centered on the next stud over, making sure the fabric is taut. Trace the corner of the unmounted plank.
Mount the plank and attach end of fabric.
Now, attach the six-grommet-long piece of fabric onto the bottom of the sisal pole and reattach the top of the plank with the furniture screws.
Using a separated plank to clamp the second set of grommets down the strip fabric. Stretch the fabric to the left until the plank is centered on the next stud over, making sure the fabric is taut. Trace the corner of the unmounted plank and mount.
Use a separated plank to clamp the 3rd set of grommets down the fabric. Hold the unmounted plank centered on the next stud over, at an angle, with the fabric taut. You will want to be sure to mount the plank low enough to ensure a tight staircase.
Trace the corner of the unmounted plank and mount plank.
Install the two ladder steps. For more detailed instructions on how to mount the ladders see our basic mounting section.
The next hammock should be mounted so that it is centered vertically between the planks above and below it. We have found this distance to be 12.25″ of space between the wooden planks.
Mark 12.25″ directly below the top 16″ hammock. Center the plank on the stud, so that it matches the shelf above it. The mark you made will determine where the top of the bracket will sit.
Mount the plank, attach the 3 grommeted piece of fabric and close the plank with furniture. screws.
Use another unmounted plank to stretch fabric to the right, being sure the hammock is taut. Mark the corner of the plank with a pencil and mount the plank with the two holes that best line up with the stud.
The last step is to take the final plank, attach it to the fabric, pull to make tight and level, mark the spot mount in place, and screw caps on to hold fabric in place.